After setting his sights on the VMP Performance Terminator/GT500 Shootout and UPR Products Modular Xtreme at the 23rd Annual Nitto NMRA Spring Break Shootout at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida in March, Brian Devilbiss was doubly rewarded.
He led qualifying in each category in his 2013 Mustang Shelby GT500, and flew to a quarter-mile time of 7.38 in the former and an eighth-mile time of 4.84 in the latter on his way to the winner’s circle in each of the highly competitive categories.
The feat in his popular Devil’s Reject car, which saw suspension adjustments by HFR Fabrication days before the race, was accomplished with his L&M Engines 5.8L Four-Valve Modular engine topped with GT500 heads and intake featuring CNC work by Slawko Racing, as well as a top hat by Evolution Performance, and paired with a 94mm Precision turbo.
But last week, Evolution Performance handled the swap of that engine with a new L&M Engines-built 5.8L Four-Valve Modular bullet with Darton sleeves, as well as a rear gear change from 3.40 to 3.89, and this marks the first time Devilbiss, who asks an awful lot of his engines, will run a sleeved piece.
He and his team, which includes his wife and fellow racer, Michelle Devilbiss, are confident it will allow tuners Patrick Barnhill and Jason Lee of PTP Racing to give the combination even more boost and power so that the car, which is equipped with a Coan-built Turbo 400 and Coan-built billet bolt- together converter, can trap even quicker and faster times while rolling on its Mickey Thompson 275 drag radials.
Now, in the car backed by Stroud Performance and Aerospace Components, the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania-based driver will turn his focus to VP Racing Fuels Street Outlaw for the 17th Annual WyoTech NMRA Ford Motorsport Nationals, May 4-7 at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pennsylvania.
There, he’ll rub elbows with drivers like Manny Buginga, who holds category records with a 4.33 and 169.74, but he intends to hold his own in his street car which weighs 500 pounds more than rules call for it to weigh.